Former roommates clash

7/12/1864

Confederate President Jefferson Davis had a difficult relationship with his former West Point roommate, Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, commander of the Department and Army of Tennessee. In mid-1864 Johnston failed to halt Sherman’s march on Atlanta. In this letter Davis asked Gen. Robert E. Lee for advice on replacing Johnston with Lt. Gen. John B. Hood. Lee replied that Hood had great fighting qualities but lacked other characteristics of a successful commander.

National Archives, War Department Collection of Confederate Records


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